March 19, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Current Situation
As of 6 p.m., March 19th, Grand County reports the following testing and case numbers for local COVID-19 activity:
• Total samples submitted for testing: 28 (since 3/12/20)
• Positive cases: 1
• Negative test results: 6
• Pending tests: 22

Resources
Since the Incident Management Team (IMT) was formed, 33 individuals from 14 organizations have logged over 5,800 combined hours of response efforts in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) (#TeamGrand). There are also many other organizations collaborating outside of the EOC. Additionally, the IMT expanded our volunteer coordinators, added deputies for key positions to ensure continuity, and continued recruiting community leaders to assist in operations. Today, the Operations Team has established safety protocols for 9-1-1 and healthcare provider response for the ongoing situation. Human Services has over 110 volunteers helping distribute food and provide assistance to our vulnerable populations.
Food supplies are safe and abundant, so please do not stockpile goods. However, over-the-counter medications are still in critical supply, so please be considerate by purchasing only what you need and leaving products for others in need.

Policy
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an updated public health order that now includes the closing of nonessential personal services facilities, horse track and off-track betting facilities statewide. Nonessential personal services includes hair and nail salons, spas, tattoo shops, and massage parlors. Read Here.

Governor Polis signed additional executive orders today. The first temporarily suspends elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures, thereby preserving important medical equipment, such as personal protective equipment and ventilators. Read Here. The second suspends any in-person filings of forms, statements, applications and any other documents with the Secretary of State’s office. Read Here.

What’s Important Now?
Keep in mind “What’s Important Now” (#WIN). While this can be an emotionally trying time, it is important to stay connected to family and friends using alternative means and to get outside and exercise. Fresh air can do wonders for the body and mind, and physical distance ensures the health and safety of our community. The balance of maintaining physical and emotional health will be crucial in overcoming this situation.

Thank you all for your efforts and understanding through these difficult times. Together, #WeAreGrand and together we will get through this.

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